If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret. On the upside, this amazing technology puts instant information a voice command away. The downside is that Amazon stores an audio recording of every voice command you’ve issued to Alexa, not just in the device itself, but on Amazon’s servers. What does Amazon plan to do with these recordings?
Since the Echo was first released in 2014, around 5.1 million units have been sold. And, if this past Christmas is any indicator, it doesn't seem this trend will be slowing down anytime in the near future. But what millions of people don't realize is that these virtual assistants could be a privacy nightmare. Here's how you can take control of these always-listening devices.
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Millions of people use Amazon's Alexa. The Alexa Voice Service can be used to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and much more. However, having a device in your home that's always listening poses some privacy concerns. That's why you need these essential security settings to keep Alexa from getting too nosy.
Many Amazon Alexa users are stuck in a rut and they don’t even know it. They say things like “Alexa, play my music” and “Alexa, what is the weather for today?” Those are handy commands, but they barely scratch the surface of what this very capable voice assistant can do.
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